By B. Sridhar
JAMSHEDPUR: The forest department is planning to increase the number of elephant corridors in the Dalma sanctuary by a dozen to stop the pachyderms from going astray.
The work on some of the identified corridors has begun and the initiative would reduce travel time of the jumbos that migrate from adjoining Bengal. There are 12 elephant corridors at present.
"Spread across the twin districts of East Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharswan, Kandarbera, Patipani, Mohandar, Kaljhor, Laylam and Nutandin are some of the pockets in the sanctuary selected for building the exclusive passages," a forest official at the sanctuary said.
"The very idea to construct corridors at short intervals was aimed at preventing the pachyderms from wandering into human habitats. Of late, villagers in the nearby areas have complained of loss to the life and property owing to elephant menace," said Mangal Kachap, forest ranger of Dalma sanctuary.
"Normally, herds take four days to cross Pardih, Gerua, Aamda Pahadi, Laylm and Chimta to venture into the core areas of the sanctuary but with the construction of the corridor, the time taken to cover the distance will be reduced significantly," said a forest official.
The construction work on four of the 12 corridors is going on in full swing and the remaining eight will also be in place in the next few months. Each of the corridors, 300m long and 70 m wide, are being constructed on the left side of the main canal of the Subernarekha Mulitpurpose Project (SMP).
Spread across 98-sqkm area, the premier sanctuary boats of a rich green cover. The jumbos usually spend a considerable part of the year here owing to easy availability of water and food.